Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9
Good morning! As the calendar turns to December, some of the half-season contracts for Cubs in the off-season leagues begin to expire, while others are heading home for the holidays. However, the games do go on and players like Ryan Court are looking for a chance to hook-up with an MLB team, quite possibly a... Read more »

Luis Valbuena, 33, dies in car accident

Luis Valbuena, 33, dies in car accident
A late night car accident in Venezuela claimed the life of former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena. The crash occurred after a Winter League game. Former Major League infielder Jose Castillo was also killed. Valbuena spent three seasons in a Cubs uniform (2012-14), becoming one of the most productive waiver claims in organization’s recent history. Known... Read more »

Morrow questionable for Opening Day; Cubs finalize coaching staff; Cubs rumor mill remains quiet as Winter Meeting approach

Morrow questionable for Opening Day; Cubs finalize coaching staff; Cubs rumor mill remains quiet as Winter Meeting approach
Brandon Morrow Underwent Offseason Elbow Surgery The need to add a bullpen arm has become more acute with word received today that on November 6th oft-injured closer Brandon Morrow underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. Theo Epstein says he expects the hard-throwing right-hander to miss the beginning of the season. Theo Epstein says Brandon Morrow... Read more »
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A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization

A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization
  Hancock to Japan Recently non-tendered reliever Justin Hancock has signed a one-year deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. His contract is for $620K, a figure well above the approximate $200K he would have made with the Cubs on a split contract, so financially at least the Cubs decision paid off for Hancock. His situation... Read more »

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate
Player movement was dammed up in the early part of the offseason as teams mostly focused on positioning themselves for the large number of high profile stars on the free agent and trade market, but over the past week some of the sluice gates have been opened. And of course, to the surprise of no one familiar... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8
Good morning! The Cubs are seeing a rising force in the off-season leagues, as Kwang-Min Kwon is emerging as a player in far off Australia. For more about Kwon and the rest of the Cubs, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas Despite pounding out 9 hits on Monday, Cibaenas could... Read more »
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Cubs Offseason Tracker

Cubs Offseason Tracker
Transactions Additions 2019 Options exercised: Cole Hamels (team), Jose Quintana (team), Pedro Strop (team), Brandon Kintzler (player) Via Trade: RHP Rowan Wick Re-signed: LHP Kyle Ryan (MiLB FA signed to MLB deal) Non-40 Man Roster Additions: OF Johnny Field (waivers), LHP Jerry Vasto (waivers) Subtractions Traded: LHP Drew Smyly, 2B Tommy La Stella, 3B Jason... Read more »

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell
First the statement from Russell: And now the statement from Epstein: I’ve made my stance clear on this matter over the past couple of months, and only have a few things to add. First, let me say that in my opinion the public apology, and acceptance of responsibility by Russell was long past due. Everyone will need to... Read more »

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019
For all the talk of fixing the offense this offseason, there is hidden danger lurking within the other half of the roster that has not received enough attention. Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler, Brian Duensing. What do these seven pitchers have in common? They will all turn 34 or older during the 2019 season. Even if the... Read more »
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Cubs pick up Ronald Torreyes from Yanks to bolster infield depth; Re-sign lefty Kyle Ryan to MLB deal

Cubs pick up Ronald Torreyes from Yanks to bolster infield depth; Re-sign lefty Kyle Ryan to MLB deal
In a move that could signal the impending departure of Addison Russell, the Cubs picked up veteran infielder Ronald Torreyes from the New York Yankees in exchange for a PTBNL or cash (whenever “or cash” is specified in these type of deals it almost always ends up being the return). A solid base runner and utility... Read more »